Our History

On June 8, 2011, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the need for a specialized food security entity within the OIC at the 7th session of the World Islamic Economic Forum in Astana.

On June 8, 2011, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the need for a specialized food security entity within the OIC at the 7th session of the World Islamic Economic Forum in Astana. At the 38th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC, he mentioned it again and suggested locating the headquarters in Kazakhstan, a food-producing and exporting state.

This idea was very timely, considering the relevance of food insecurity and hunger in many Islamic countries. In his address to the participants of the Inaugural General Assembly of IOFS in Astana (April 2016), the Leader of the Nation noted that the Muslim world must not stay aside from the agricultural development and global efforts to eradicate hunger.

At the high-level forum on “Sustainable Development under the UN General Assembly” in 2019, the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pointed out the importance of the goals of the Islamic Organization for Food Security, which are aimed at solving the problems of desertification, deforestation, erosion, salinization, and social insecurity. He expressed hope that all 57 OIC member states will join this initiative in near future.

In September 2020, on the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev noted the role of the IOFS in humanitarian aid: «The next 10 years are critical for our generation. The fundamental goal – the complete eradication of hunger across the globe must be achieved unconditionally. In this regard, we note the importance of convening the Food Systems Summit in 2021. The Islamic Organization for Food Security is willing to provide comprehensive support for the development of food reserves and implementation of a large-scale international humanitarian campaign».

The next 10 years are critical for our generation. The fundamental goal – the complete eradication of hunger across the globe must be achieved unconditionally.
The name “Islamic Organization for Food Security” (IOFS) and the Statute of this specialized institution of the OIC were formulated at the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts of the OIC Member States on June 11-12, 2013.

On December 9-11, 2013, during the 40th session of CFM in Conakry, Guinea, 19 OIC member countries signed the IOFS Statute, and thus became the official members of IOFS.

The Inaugural session of the IOFS General Assembly was held in conjunction with the 7th Ministerial Conference on Food Security and Agricultural Development on April 26-28, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The hosting country was elected a Chair of the IOFS General Assembly, Côte d’Ivoire and Palestine – as Vice-Chairs.

The Second General Assembly took place on August 27-29, 2019 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was elected as a Chair of the General Assembly, Tajikistan and Gambia as Vice-Chairs, and Kazakhstan as Rapporteur.

The Third General Assembly was held online on December 2-3, 2020 in Ankara, Turkey

Turkey. All 16 strategic programmes of IOFS were approved by the member states. Tunisia officially announced its intention to join IOFS in nearest future.

The Fourth General Assembly is scheduled to take place in 2021 in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan.

The activities of the IOFS are financed by mandatory and voluntary contributions, donations, funds for specific projects, as well as revenues from publications and services.

The first three years (2017-2019) of the IOFS Secretariat activities were funded by the voluntary contributions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 2020, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, and UAE transferred the mandatory contributions and Saudi Arabia submitted the voluntary contributions.

At present, IOFS is comprised of 37 countries out of 57 OIC states, 17 of which ratified the Statute.
Member states Entry date
1
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 2013
2
People’s Republic of Bangladesh 2016
3
Republic of Benin 2015
4
Burkina Faso 2013
5
Republic of Cameroon 2015
6
Cote d'Ivoire 2016
7
Republic of Djibouti 2013
8
Arab Republic of Egypt 2016
9
Republic of Chad 2022
10
Union of the Comoros 2013
11
Islamic Republic of Pakistan 2013
12
Islamic Republic of Iran 2013
13
Republic of Guinea 2013
14
Republic of Guinea-Bissau 2013
15
Republic of Sierra Leone 2013
16
Republic of The Gambia 2013
17
Republic of Kazakhstan 2013
18
Republic of Niger 2013
19
State of Libya 2014
20
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2016
21
State of Kuwait 2016
22
State of Qatar 2016
23
Federal Republic of Nigeria 2019
24
Republic of Mali 2013
25
Islamic Republic of Mauritania 2013
26
Republic of Mozambique 2016
27
Kingdom of Morocco 2021
28
State of Palestine 2013
29
Republic of Senegal 2017
30
Republic of Sudan 2013
31
Republic of Suriname 2013
32
Federal Republic of Somalia 2013
33
Republic of Tajikistan 2016
34
Republic of Tunisia 2021
35
Republic of Türkiye 2013
36
Republic of Uganda 2013
37
United Arab Emirates 2015